Off the back of opening the first Momofuku outside of the USA, Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney - Peng Loh, founder of Unlisted Collection: and The Old Clare Hotel, connected with Clayton to build Clayton's first independent restaurant. Returning to Sydney, and to Chippendale in particular brings him back to his roots having lived in the neighborhood before it was hip to do so.
Clayton created Automata with the intention of showcasing local produce in a way that pays tribute to all the cultural experiences he has cultivated whilst working and travelling abroad. He also wanted to create a more relaxed atmosphere where people could dictate the dining experience for themselves, whether a 3-hour leisurely lunch on a Sunday or a quick post-work dinner. To put it simply, Clayton is combining the fine dining style of food that he likes to cook with, with the casual restaurant feel that he enjoys eating in.